Blackout Poem – Death of a Salesman

Blackout Poem – Death of a Salesman

     In the play, “Death of a Salesman” written by Arthur Miller, depicts the story of a family man of two sons struggling to find a sustainable source of income being an old salesman. The man in the story Willy Loman goes through troubles as in the industry of salesmen, he is not as efficient and needed by employers. He has conflicts with his own depression as he is struggling with his pride over the survival of him and his family. Willy’s expectations for life do not meet with what he had anticipated making him feel responsible for the success of his son Happy and the uncertainty and disappointing succession of his other son Biff. This results in him turning to suicide as an escape from his life he dreads to live. This play’s story fits within the parameters of what a tragedy is. It shows how hopeful one can be and how easily it is to take a downfall and not recover. “Death of a Salesman” does not have a typical happy ending showing the reality of a man in an industry that relies on youth and perseverance. The audience feels empathy for a man who wants to provide and help better his family while disagreeing with the decisions he makes to do so. The blackout poem attached with the project speaks from Willy’s point of view. The poem explains how he wished his family had really convinced him that death is inglorious and that in his death he hopes that his sons were able to accomplish things he was not able to. As well as a message that shows the tragedy in the play the blackout poem includes symbols such as a football, crime scene silhouette, star and tears. All of which tie within the life Willy Loman a man who was not able to stay sane enough in a life full of hardship.

Characterization (3D) – “Jack”

Jack is one of the oldest of the group. He is one of the main leaders the boys follow. He has a desire to hunt more than anything else which can be seen overtime as he acts savage-like. He is different from anyone else in the group and carries specific features that only he has. These include his tall skinny build, long red hair and sandy freckles around his face. The boys can easily pick out if it is Jack from afar and is an iconic character to this story. From these quotes it is clear that Jack stands out from the group. He has distinct characteristics such as his freckles, long red hair, and tall slender body that makes him easy to recognize as first glance. Overtime his hair becomes to grow long and he usually prefers to wear tattered shorts which makes him almost always naked. He also likes to put on a sort of war paint when he is about to go on a serious hunting trip. Jack is a character that does not look like anyone else from the group and can be identified easily by his iconic features.

  1. Inside the floating cloak he was tall, thin, and bony; and his hair was red beneath the black cap. His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness. Out of this face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger. (Page 25)
  2. His sandy hair, considerably longer than it had been when they dropped in, was lighter now; and his bare back was a mass of dark freckles and peeling sunburn. (Page 66)
  3. He bent down, took up a double handful of lukewarm water and rubbed the mess from his face. Freckles and sandy eyebrows appeared. (Page 88) 
  4. Jack’s face went so white that the freckles showed as clear, brown flecks. He licked his lips and remained standing. (Page 145)
  5. Jack planned his new face. He made one cheek and one eye-socket white, then he rubbed red over the other half of his face and slashed a black bar of charcoal across from right ear to left jaw. He looked in the pool for his reflection, but his breathing troubled the mirror. (Page 89)
  6. Ralph picked out Jack easily, even at that distance, tall, red-haired, and inevitably leading the procession. (Page 96)
  7. The forest near them burst into uproar. Demoniac figures with faces of white and red and green rushed out howling, so that the littluns fled screaming. Out of the corner of his eye, Ralph saw Piggy running. Two figures rushed at the fire and he prepared to defend himself but they grabbed half-burnt branches and raced away along the beach. The three others stood still, watching Ralph; and he saw that the tallest of them, stark naked save for paint and a belt, was Jack. (Page 201)
  8. Jack, identifiable by personality and red hair, was advancing from the forest. (Page 253)
  9. Jack leapt on to the sand. “Do our dance! Come on! Dance!” He ran stumbling through the thick sand to the open space of rock beyond the fire. Between the flashes of lightning the air was dark and terrible; and the boys followed him, clamorously (Page 217)
  10. A sharpened stick about five feet long trailed from his right hand, and except for a pair of tattered shorts held up by his knife-belt he was naked. (Page 66)


Lord of the Flies – Morality Podcast

Work Cited:

Conor Madu, Tristen Hendriks, Gabriel Bautista

Lord of The Flies – Island Description

Shore – The shore was fledged with palm trees. These stood or leaned or re- clined against the light and their green feathers were a hundred feet up in the air. (Page 10)

Lagoon – Beyond the platform there was more enchantment. Some act of God— a typhoon perhaps, or the storm that had accompanied his own arrival— had banked sand inside the lagoon so that there was a long, deep pool in the beach with a high ledge of pink granite at the further end. (Page 14)

Island – They had guessed before that this was an island: clambering among the pink rocks, with the sea on either side, and the crystal heights of air, they had known by some instinct that the sea lay on every side. (Page 37)

Coral Reef

  1. The coral was scribbled in the sea as though a giant had bent down to reproduce the shape of the island in a flowing chalk line but tired before he had finished. (Page 38)
  2. The reef enclosed more than one side of the island, lying perhaps a mile out and parallel to what they now thought of as their beach. (Page 38)


  1. The most usual feature of the rock was a pink cliff surmounted by a skewed block; and that again surmounted, and that again, till the pinkness became a stack of balanced rock projecting through the looped fantasy of the forest creepers. Where the pink cliffs rose out of the ground there were often narrow tracks winding upwards. They could edge along them, deep in the plant world, their faces to the rock. (Golding 34)
  2. “Beyond falls and cliffs there was a gash visible in the trees; there were the splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm between the scar and he sea. There, too, jutting into the lagoon, was the platform, with insect-like figures moving near it.” (Golding 26-27)
  1. The three boys walked briskly on the sand. The tide was low and there was a strip of weed-strewn beach that was almost as firm as a road. (Golding 33)
  2. “’That’s a reef. A coral reef. I’ve seen pictures like that.’ The reef enclosed more than one side of the island, lying perhaps a mile…


  1. “Beyond falls and cliffs there was a gash visible in the trees; there were the splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm between the scar and the sea. There, too, jutting into the lagoon, was the platform, with insect-like figures moving near it” (Golding 26-27)

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Narrative

He walked feeling as proud as could be towards their car in the parking lot, knowing his wife wanted him to wait for her. As he began to walk away Mrs. Mitty yelled out in an aggressive tone,

“Walter hold on! You didn’t think you could just leave without your wife”.

Walter paused waiting for Mrs. Mitty to catch up. They continued walking until they had reached their car. Walter entered his car as Mrs. Mitty hopped into the passenger seat, while holding what appeared to be a thermometer and cough syrup from the drugstore. Walter slowly drove until they reached the driveway of their home. Walter sat still as his wife exited the vehicle and noticed Walter sitting clueless.

”Walter Mitty!” screamed Mrs. Mitty, as Walter sat with a blank expression out the window while parked.

“Sorry, I was just thinking” Walter continuously repeated to is wife.

“Hurry and come inside so I can check your temperature, you seem awfully different.” said Mrs. Mitty in a demanding tone. Walter entered his home and slowly crept up his stairs to enter his room where his wife had been awaiting him. He carefully placed his overshoes underneath his bed and began to prepare for bed. “Honey, will you hurry up and get into bed, so I can check if you’ve been plagued by some illness, hopefully we can find a cure, so you can finally reply to me instead of looking as if you were in some world of your own”. Mrs. Mitty said in a derisive tone as she began to search for her thermometer she bought. Mrs. Mitty began searching for her things she had bought from the drugstore, “Gosh, where could I have put that thermometer and that darn cough syrup,” she muttered in a distraught tone. She started throwing old magazines of actors from past movie showings onto the bed…

“Mr. Mitty! Mr.Mitty!” shouted the paparazzi as Walter carefully walked down the Hollywood streets after a long night of celebrating his recent role in his first ever movie. Continuous bursts of lights surrounded Walter while he was accompanied with a beautiful young woman. The pair continued to walk as fast as possible to avoid the attention of more people. Walter being the new star on the Hollywood scene used his great strong arms to pull his wife tight hiding her from all the pictures being taken.

Nearing their large mansion Walter belted as loud as he could to his housekeepers, “Quick! Felipe quickly open up the gate before more people try to take pictures of us!”. Felipe, one Walter’s housekeepers ran to the gate and unlocked it, allowing the couple to rush inside before pandemonium could break loose. The couple then opened the doors to their beautiful mansion Walter had purchased not too long ago with the money made from his new movie which he starred in. Inside their home Walter asked his kitchen staff to cook something that would help him relieve the stress he and his wife had received from his recent success. The aroma of the garlic, onions, and grease coming off of the pristine steaks filled the entire building. “Honey, once we feast this meal I say we relax in our room, I can’t stand hearing people nag and attack me, I just wish I could spend time alone in my own world” Said Walter. The two ended up feasting the wonderful meal that was prepared for them and headed up to the large master bedroom. Walter then undressed and prepared to have a fulfilling sleep. Before being able to tuck himself in his wife began to shuffle some things off of her bed side table. She had cluttered so many of her belongings on the table that she had forgotten where she had left her sleeping mask. Reaching over she had grabbed a few magazines that had been on top of her mask. She threw them on top of the bed where Walter laid. But before Walter could close his eyes he noticed something peculiar. “These people on the magazines, haven’t I seen this before?” muttered Walter.

Father and Son Plot Point Photos

In the short story “Father and Son” written by “Bernard MacLaverty”, it displays a poor relationship between father and son. In this story both characters, the father and son continuously are in conflict in their relationship due to their pasts. The story shares both perspectives of the characters by switching between the two as narrators. Throughout the story the troubles the two go through with each other is evident. The father constantly questioning what it would take for his son to open up to him and to love him again. The story concludes with the sons supposedly “friends” arriving at the door shooting him dead in his own home. The father only being able to show his son love when he most needed it as he bled to death in his arms.


1) Exposition
Quote: “I love him so much it hurts but he won’t talk to me. He tells me nothing” (MacLaverty 1).

Explanation: This shows a glimpse of the relationship shared between the son and the father. From this quote it is clear they do not get along very well and lack effective communication together. The emotional setting can also be found through

this quote as the relationship the two share is dark and pessimistic.








2) Initiating Incident 

Quote: “Your hand shakes in the morning, Da, because you’re a coward.” (MacLaverty 2).
Explanation: This quote is the first instance where both father and son carry these thoughts about each other. It fits as an initiating incident as we know more about what the father thinks of the son, but instead the son narrates the thoughts in his head. He is aware about his father as his father continuously questions him and worries for him. It shows the hatred the son has towards his father through everything they’ve been through. This quote shows what initiates the conflict between them.

3) Rising Action
Quote: “’Why don’t you tell me where you are?’ ‘Because I never know where I am’” (MacLaverty 2).

Explanation: In this quote we can see how progressively worse their relationship becomes. The son does not speak about what he is up to and shares minimal information with his father. The father continues to ask his son questions similar to the one in the quote. This shows the care and worry he has for his son as he just wants to know simply where he is. This is the first of instances that show their horrible relationship with each other. This quote shows how their relationship progressively builds up to the climax.

4) Rising Action
Quote: “My son, I am sorry. I do it because I love you. Let me put my arm around you and talk like we used to on the bus from Toome. Why do you fight away from me?” (MacLaverty 3).

Explanation: In this quote the father is apologizing for the way he acts and treats him. He apologizes as he feels the burden is on him for the poor relationship they have. It is evident that this point of the story showcases the turmoil between the two. They both butt heads and it is obvious the father wants to fix that. This is an example of the clash between the two and how their relationship worsens asit builds up to the climax.

5) Rising Action
Quote: “The door swings open and he pushes a hand-gun beneath the pillow” (MacLaverty 3).

Explanation: This quote is a good example of rising action. The father in the story finds his son hiding a gun under his pillow. At this point of the story it is clear the father has the greatest worry for his son. It also foreshadows for the audience about what potentially will happen at the end of the story.

6) Climax

Quote: “There is a bang. A dish-cloth drops from my hand and I run to the kitchen door. Not believing I look into the hallway. There is a strange smell. My son is lying on the floor” (MacLaverty 3).

Explanation: This quote perfectly presents what the climax of the story was. The father finds his son shot in his own home and this event carries the most amount of suspense and emotion. The reader was also foreshadowed for this part in the story from clues such as a gun hidden under the son’s pillow.

7) Falling Action
Quote: “The news has come to my door. The house is open to the night. There is no one else. I go to him with damp hands. ‘Are you hurt?’” (MacLaverty 3).

Explanation: This quote represents the falling action in this story. Before the ending of the story is revealed the reader realizes this moment in time there is no one there for his sonbut him. This key moment of the story shows how the father reacts and how the end of this situation will conclude.

8) Denouement

Quote: “I take my son’s limp head in my hands and see a hole in his nose that should not be there. At the base of his nostril. My son, let me put my arms around you” (MacLaverty 3).

Explanation: This last quote of the story shows how the father felt for his son. Throughout all they have been through all his father wanted to be able to do was to care and love his son. The end of the story shows how the only time his father was able to care and show him love in time of need was when he was lying shot on the floor. The reader can imply what happens after this quote as it is not clear as to what exactly happens after the shooting.

Two Fishermen Character Sketch

In the short story, “Two Fishermen,” there is an executioner. The name of this character is K. Smith, he also goes by the name of Smitty. Smitty’s job is to come into other towns to hang those facing capital punishment. Smitty is a short, middle-aged man, Caucasian and grey haired. He is a family man who is married and has 5 children. Smitty is a peculiar looking man as he has large head and a “birdlike neck” (Callaghan 1). Smitty is unlike what others assumed he would be due to his occupation. Smitty is harmless, timid, and is looking to make new friends. Smitty likes to see the best out of people and opens up when he feels he is accepted. This is evident when “They started a conversation about fishing rivers that ran into the lake farther north” (Callaghan 2). Although Smitty is not too proud of his line of work, he enjoys what he does. Due to this Smitty also believes in capital punishment. He chooses to not be informed of his victims, in order to avoid guilt or regret. Overall Smitty’s personality and character is not determined by his physical attributes or occupation. Smitty is a polite, easygoing, and sincere.


Capital Punishment in “Two Fishermen”

Capital punishment in Canada were once based off crimes of murder, treason, and rape carried the death penalty. They eventually changed to capital and non-capital offences. This meant premeditated murder and murder of a police officer, guard or warden in the course of duty were eligible for capital punishment. Canada then abolished capital punishment in 1976 even though the last person to be killed was in 1962.

In the short story “Two Fisherman” written by “Morley Callaghan” there was a man who was sent to the death penalty. The man in the story named Thomas Delaney was sent to the death penalty after punching another man to death after finding out he had molested his wife. The public in this story believed Thomas did not deserve to be put on death row. I too believe Thomas should have been exempt of capital punishment. As in Canada, capital punishment was only sent to criminals who premeditated murder and murder of a police officer, guard or warden in the course of duty. Thomas’s crime did not fit the criteria of capital punishment in Canada during 1962. It is also evident that capital punishment is forced upon criminals who have committed the most severe of all crimes that deserve to be dealt with the most severe punishment. Thomas Delaney had only murdered a single man and it was not considered a mass serial killing. This indicates the severity of his crime did not deserve capital punishment. Instead I believe Thomas Delaney did commit a crime and deserved to have lived and served his time in jail. As well as the public understood the circumstances and reason for murder it should be clear of what Thomas’s intentions were. These actions that Thomas performed were to defend his wife and should not be punished by the death penalty. Lastly I believe Thomas Delaney should have been exempt of capital punishment and deserved a different punishment for his actions.